UN says acts of terrorism and violence claimed 662 Iraqi lives in June

July 2, 2016 8:30 am

Iraqis check the site of a car
bomb attack in the eastern Baghdad al-Jadida neighborhood of the Iraqi
capital, June 9, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

The () says acts of and violence left more than 660 people dead in in the month of June.
According
to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 662 Iraqis
lost their lives and 1,457 others sustained injuries last month.
The
UN mission said that the number of the civilians killed stood at 382,
and that there were 1,145 civilians among those injured. Violence also
claimed the lives of 280 members of the Iraqi security forces, and 312
forces sustained injuries.
A large portion of the fatalities was recorded in the capital, Baghdad, where 236 civilians were killed and 742 others wounded.
The beleaguered northern province of Nineveh witnessed 56 deaths.
Jan
Kubis, the special representative of the UN secretary-general for Iraq,
expressed regret about the fact that violence and casualties among
civilians continued during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
“We
had hoped for a period of calm during holy Ramadan, a month of peace
and compassion, but unfortunately the violence continued to take its
toll on civilians,” he said.

“The did not
spare an occasion to strike at markets, mosques and areas where people
gathered in order to exact maximum casualties among civilians, despite
the religious occasion and in total disregard of the values of Islam,”
he said.

Displaced
Iraqi children, who fled with their families from the strategic western
city of Fallujah, pose for a photograph at a refugee camp in the city
of al-Khalidiya, June 20, 2016. (Photo by AFP)The
UN report came on the same day that the United Nations Children’s
Emergency Fund (UNICEF) announced that 3.6 million children in Iraq,
meaning one in five, are at the serious risk of death, injury, sexual
violence, abduction and recruitment by Takfiri militant groups.
The
UN body, in a statement titled “A Heavy Price for Children,” said that
the number of children facing such hazards has soared by 1.3 million in
18 months, describing Iraq as “one of the most dangerous places in the
world for children.”
The UNICEF report further said that a total
of 1,496 children have been kidnapped in Iraq over the past
two-and-a-half years, when foreign-sponsored militancy gripped the
country, adding that the number translates to 50 children abducted on a
monthly basis.
The UN agency called for an urgent action to
protect children’s rights in Iraq, particularly an immediate cessation
of the killing, maiming, and abduction of minors by Takfiri groups.
The
northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome
violence ever since Daesh terrorists mounted an offensive in the country
in June 2014.
Iraqi government forces, backed by fighters from allied Popular Mobilization units, have been fighting the militants.

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